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Cambridge English Advanced

Practice Speaking Test


Contents

Part 1
Part 2
1

Doing things together

Keeping traditions alive

Parts 3 and 4
21

Choosing free-time activities

Acknowledgements
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Part 1
2 minutes (3 minutes for groups of three)

Good morning/afternoon/evening. My name is and this is my colleague .


And your names are?
Can I have your mark sheets, please?
Thank you.
First of all, wed like to know something about you.

Select one or two questions and ask candidates in turn, as appropriate.

Where are you from?

What do you do here/there?

How long have you been studying English?

What do you enjoy most about learning English?

Select one or more questions for each candidate, as appropriate.

Do you have enough time to do everything you want to?

Do you enjoy living where you do? (Why?)

How would you like to celebrate your next birthday? (Why/Why not?)

What would your ideal holiday be?

Would you like to have a job where you can travel?

Would you say you are a well-organised person? (Why?)

Do you think you study best when youre alone? (Why?)

What do you think youll be doing five years from now?

1 Doing things together

Part 2

2 Keeping traditions alive

4 minutes (6 minutes for groups of three)

Interlocutor

In this part of the test, Im going to give each of you three pictures. Id like you to talk
about two of them on your own for about a minute, and also to answer a question
briefly about your partners pictures.
(Candidate A), its your turn first. Here are your pictures. They show people doing
things together.
Place Part 2 booklet, open at Task 1, in front of Candidate A.
Id like you to compare two of the pictures, and say why you think the people might
be doing these things together, and how they might benefit from the experience.
All right?

Candidate A

1 minute

..

Interlocutor

Thank you.
(Candidate B), which activity do you think needs the most concentration?
(Why?)

Candidate B

approximately

..

30 seconds

Interlocutor

Thank you. (Can I have the booklet, please?) Retrieve Part 2 booklet.
Now, (Candidate B), here are your pictures. They show people keeping different
traditions alive.
Place Part 2 booklet, open at Task 2, in front of Candidate B.
Id like you to compare two of the pictures, and say what skills the people might
need to keep these traditions alive, and how dedicated the people might need to
be.
All right?

Candidate B

1 minute

..

Interlocutor

Thank you.
(Candidate A), which tradition do you think is most likely to disappear first?
(Why?)

Candidate A

approximately

..

30 seconds

Interlocutor

Thank you. (Can I have the booklet, please?) Retrieve Part 2 booklet.

Choosing free-time activities

Part 3

4 minutes (6 minutes for groups of three)

Part 4

5 minutes (8 minutes for groups of three)

Part 3
Interlocutor

Now, Id like you to talk about something together for about two minutes (3 minutes for
groups of three).
Here are some things that can affect our choice of free-time activities and a
question for you to discuss. First you have some time to look at the task.
Place Part 3 booklet, open at Task 21, in front of the candidates. Allow 15 seconds.
Now, talk to each other about how these things can affect our choice of free-time
activities.

Candidates

2 minutes

..

(3 minutes for
groups of three)

Interlocutor

Thank you. Now you have about a minute (2 minutes for groups of three) to decide which
of these things you think affects most peoples choices these days.

Candidates

..

1 minute
(2 minutes for
groups of three)

Interlocutor

Thank you. (Can I have the booklet, please?) Retrieve Part 3 booklet.

Part 4
Interlocutor

Use the following questions, in order, as appropriate:

Select any of the following


prompts, as appropriate:

Do you think that its more beneficial to do


group activities in your free time rather than
doing things on your own? ...... (Why? / Why
not?)

Most people prefer to plan their free-time


activities well in advance. Is this always a
good idea? ...... (Why? / Why not?)

How important do you think it is to get the right balance between work and
leisure?

Some people focus on just one interest or hobby intensively. Is this a good
idea? ...... (Why? / Why not?)

Is there an interest or hobby that has given you a great deal of pleasure in
your life?

Some people believe that its difficult to find a career that involves your
interests and hobbies. Whats your opinion?

Thank you. That is the end of the test.

What do you think?


Do you agree?
How about you?